The Classics Club 50 Question Survey

Inspired by some bookish surveys we’ve seen floating around lately, we’d thought we’d offer a survey for clubbers to mix it up a little.

As always, we’re quite flexible. If one of the questions below doesn’t work for you, please feel free to ask it your own way, or replace questions with your own twist. We’re just posting this for fun, to give fellow clubbers an opportunity to check in with one another and share. 🙂 Certainly no pressure, ever. If you decide to fill out this questionnaire, feel free to leave your link below, and visit one another.


50 Club Questions: 

  1. Share a link to your club list.
  2. When did you join The Classics Club? How many titles have you read for the club? (We are SO CHECKING UP ON YOU! Nah. We’re just asking.) 🙂
  3. What are you currently reading?
  4. What did you just finish reading and what did you think of it?
  5. What are you reading next? Why?
  6. Best book you’ve read so far with the club, and why?
  7. Book you most anticipate (or, anticipated) on your club list?
  8. Book on your club list you’ve been avoiding, if any? Why?
  9. First classic you ever read?
  10. Toughest classic you ever read?
  11. Classic that inspired you? or scared you? made you cry? made you angry?
  12. Longest classic you’ve read? Longest classic left on your club list?
  13. Oldest classic you’ve read? Oldest classic left on your club list?
  14. Favorite biography about a classic author you’ve read — or, the biography on a classic author you most want to read, if any?
  15. Which classic do you think EVERYONE should read? Why?
  16. Favorite edition of a classic you own, if any?
  17. Favorite movie adaption of a classic?
  18. Classic which hasn’t been adapted yet (that you know of) which you very much wish would be adapted to film.
  19. Least favorite classic? Why?
  20. Name five authors you haven’t read yet whom you cannot wait to read.
  21. Which title by one of the five you’ve listed above most excites you and why?
  22. Have you read a classic you disliked on first read that you tried again and respected, appreciated, or even ended up loving? (This could be with the club or before it.)
  23. Which classic character can’t you get out of your head?
  24. Which classic character most reminds you of yourself?
  25. Which classic character do you most wish you could be like?
  26. Which classic character reminds you of your best friend?
  27. If a sudden announcement was made that 500 more pages had been discovered after the original “THE END” on a classic title you read and loved, which title would you most want to keep reading? Or, would you avoid the augmented manuscript in favor of the original? Why?
  28. Favorite children’s classic?
  29. Who recommended your first classic?
  30. Whose advice do you always take when it comes to literature. (Recommends the right editions, suggests great titles, etc.)
  31. Favorite memory with a classic?
  32. Classic author you’ve read the most works by?
  33. Classic author who has the most works on your club list?
  34. Classic author you own the most books by?
  35. Classic title(s) that didn’t make it to your club list that you wish you’d included? (Or, since many people edit their lists as they go, which titles have you added since initially posting your club list?)
  36. If you could explore one author’s literary career from first publication to last — meaning you have never read this author and want to explore him or her by reading what s/he wrote in order of publication — who would you explore? Obviously this should be an author you haven’t yet read, since you can’t do this experiment on an author you’re already familiar with. 🙂 Or, which author’s work you are familiar with might it have been fun to approach this way?
  37. How many rereads are on your club list? If none, why? If some, which are you most looking forward to, or did you most enjoy?
  38. Has there been a classic title you simply could not finish?
  39. Has there been a classic title you expected to dislike and ended up loving?
  40. Five things you’re looking forward to next year in classic literature?
  41. Classic you are DEFINITELY GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
  42. Classic you are NOT GOING TO MAKE HAPPEN next year?
  43. Favorite thing about being a member of the Classics Club?
  44. List five fellow clubbers whose blogs you frequent. What makes you love their blogs?
  45. Favorite post you’ve read by a fellow clubber?
  46. If you’ve ever participated in a readalong on a classic, tell about the experience? If you’ve participated in more than one, what’s the very best experience? the best title you’ve completed? a fond memory? a good friend made?
  47. If you could appeal for a readalong with others for any classic title, which title would you name? Why?
  48. How long have you been reading classic literature?
  49. Share up to five posts you’ve written that tell a bit about your reading story. Reviews, journal entries, posts on novels you loved or didn’t love, lists, etc.
  50. Question you wish was on this questionnaire? (Ask and answer it!)

 

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    • I already responded on your blog…but I want to say this in the club. I take back my previous answer, that I couldn’t pick one favorite post by a CC member. It is now Rob’s answer….that his father read The Hobbit to him, and did voices in character…..Bravo Rob’s dad!

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  10. 1. My blog: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/
    2. Joined May 2014 – 8 novels since then (but they were a bunch of REALLY BIG ONES)
    3. Currently reading: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
    4. Last finished: Wuthering Heights, Liked it, full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2014/11/wuthering-heights-by-emily-bronte-33.html
    5. Next up: Madame Bovary
    6. Best book with the Classics Club: Gone With the Wind, full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2014/08/gone-with-wind-by-margaret-mitchell-29_21.html
    7. Most Anticipated: Lucky Jim
    8. Avoiding: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (because I disliked Ulysses so much)
    9. First Classic ever read: The Lord of the Rings full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-lord-of-rings-by-jrr-tolkien-1954.html
    10. Classic that inspired me: The Brothers Karamazov full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-lord-of-rings-by-jrr-tolkien-1954.html
    11. Longest classic: Don Quixote. Full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2014/03/don-quixote-ingenious-gentleman-don.html
    12. Longest classic left: The Count of Monte Cristo
    13. Oldest classic I’ve Read: The Book of Job
    14. Oldest classic left: Tom Jones
    15. Favorite biography about a classic author: Mark Twain
    16. Classic everyone should read: To Kill a Mockingbird full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2013/08/to-kill-mockingbird-by-harper-lee-1960_28.html
    17. Favorite edition of a classic you own, if any? First American edition of The Silmarillion
    18. Favorite movie adaption of a classic: The Lord of the Rings
    19: Classic which hasn’t been adapted and should be: Catcher in the Rye. I’m gonna cheat and offer two. Invisible Man. Full reviews: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2011/09/catcher-in-rye-by-jd-salinger-1951-3.html
    http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2012/10/invisible-man-by-ralph-ellison-1952-11.html
    20. Least favorite classic: Ulysses, presumably because I’m a simpleton. Full review: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2012/04/ulysses-by-james-joyce-1922-5-down-95.html
    21. Five authors I haven’t read, but cannot wait to read: E.M Forster, Franz Kafka, Frank Herbert, Ayn Rand, Ford Madox Ford
    22. Title by one of the five most excites me: The Trial by Kafka
    23. Classic I disliked first read, but liked better second time: Still wouldn’t say I liked it, but I liked The Catcher in the Rye MORE the second time
    24. Classic character I can’t get out of my head: Scarlett O’Hara
    25. Classic character most reminds me of myself: Tom Sawyer
    26. Classic character I wish I was like: Atticus Finch
    27. Classic character reminds me of my best friend: Ralph from Lord of the Flies
    28. Classic I’d like to read 500 more pages of: The Brothers Karamazov
    29. Favorite children’s classic: Little Prince (though I’m not sure if it qualifies as Children’s)
    30. Who recommended your first classic? My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Banks recommended The Hobbit. I will always love her.
    31. Whose advice do you always take when it comes to literature: No one that I always take, but the one I esteem most is my second oldest son. His older brother and younger sister get high marks too.
    32. Favorite memory with a classic: When Scout will not lead Boo Radley home, but rather sees to it that he escorts her. (To Kill a Mockingbird)
    33. Classic author I’ve read the most works by: Dickens
    34. Classic author who has the most works on your club list: Henry James
    35. Classic author you own the most books by: J.R.R. Tolkien
    36. Classic title(s) that didn’t make it on my list, but I wish did: Tom Sawyer, Of Mice and Men, A Tale of Two Cities
    37. Author whose career I’d like to explore from beginning to end: J.R.R. Tolkien
    38. How many rereads are on my list: 20
    39. Title I simply could not finish: none, but Ulysses was close
    40. Title I expected to dislike, but loved: Anna Karenina
    41. Five things I’m looking forward to next year: A Passage to India, Frankenstein, Emma, The Trial, The Moviegoer
    42. Classic I will definitely read next year: A Passage to India
    43. Classic I will NOT read next year: Little Women
    44. Favorite thing about being a member of the Classics Club? Oh, the true answer is so narcissistic. I want to say, reading others views…all that. But truly, the favorite thing….is just more page views and comments on my blog.
    45. Five fellow clubbers whose blogs you frequent:
    Ruth http://greatbookstudy.blogspot.com/
    The Consoled Reader http://consolationofreading.wordpress.com/
    Cleopatra http://cleoclassical.blogspot.com/
    Brona http://bronasbooks.blogspot.com.au/
    Miranda http://magic-and-mystery.blogspot.ca/
    46. Favorite post by a fellow clubber: Too many, can’t pick.
    47. Read along experience: Haven’t done this.
    48. Classic title for a readalong: The Brothers Karamazov
    49. How long have I been reading classics: age 10 (that means 43 years)
    50. Share up to five posts: Oh, I think I’ve already abused the spirit of this very fun survey, to shamelessly self-promote with enough links to my reviews. So, I’ll share two. I am very pleased with how I came up with my list, and then the list itself…and I love feedback: http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-quest-to-read-100-greatest-novels-of_16.html
    http://100greatestnovelsofalltimequest.blogspot.com/2011/08/the-official-list-of-100-greatest.html
    Bonus. Question you wish was on this questionnaire: If you could sit in a pub and share a pint (or make it in the parlor and tea if you prefer), with any TWO classic authors at the same time, who would you choose? My answer: Mark Twain and Kurt Vonnegut
    Thanks to our mods for this very fun survey!!!!

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    • Joseph, I totally enjoyed your answers. I didn’t put this on my questionnaire, which I am still answering, but I actually thought it would be great to see Invisible Man as a film adaptation. I think I may have seen something on Youtube featuring Oprah W., but I’d have to double check that. It may have been Native Son. ??? Anyway, I hope you enjoy The Trial by Kafka. And you should just add Tom Sawyer, Of Mice and Men, and A Tale of Two Cities. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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